We hope you all had a warm and splendid Christmas holiday. Its hard to believe we are already on the doorstep of 2019!
Every year offers a distinctly different combination of conditions when it comes to our landscapes and gardens. Many factors influence plant growth, bloom times, fruit set and the length of our growing seasons. While we always hope for an early start to a dry spring in the northwest, chances are we will see plenty of rain.
Extended cold and wet winter and spring weather can disrupt bloom cycles, discouraging pollination of early blooming plants and trees. Persistent moisture can cause fungal and bacterial disease outbreaks on susceptible plants. And, despite what we would like to believe, most overwintering insects, and their eggs, survive even the coldest of northwest winters. In the veggie garden, some years are suitable for growing cantaloupe or watermelon. Other years, we are lucky to see our tomatoes turn red.
When I look around at all the bare trees and empty gardens, I think of it as a blank canvas, full of possibility for a long and healthy growing season in 2019. My hope is for a deep snow pack in the mountains, a drier than average spring, and an extended summer with occasional showers to keep things alive and to dampen fire potential. One can hope, right?
Here’s to a pleasant, prosperous and bountiful 2019!